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Chaise LaDousa



Chaise LaDousa, associate professor of anthropology, attended the college of the University of Chicago and received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

LaDousa has conducted field research in North India studying languages and the role they play in education and India’s rapidly changing political economy. Another project has focused on the importance of fun in expressive culture in institutions of higher education in the United States. He has published numerous professional articles, and has a book in press titled Signs of Play: Faith, Race, and Sex in a College Town.


 His research, publications, and courses focus on language and culture, particularly on the ways in which institutions serve as loci for cultural production. He has engaged more specific research interests in three projects, one initiated as dissertation research and two that have emerged since then. He has been visiting various locales in Northern India, primarily Varanasi, since 1996 to consider the ways in which people’s ideas about language – but also social class, gender, place, and national belonging – are organised by school distinctions. His first academic job brought me to Oxford, Ohio in 2000 where he explored the production and display of verbal and visual images around town in order to set understandings of student fun in historical relief and to contribute to discussions of agency in anthropology.


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